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Kid Konnection: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

January 1, 2011

Vera Dietz has quite a life.  Her parents got married young and for all the wrong reasons.  Her mother left several years ago and her father’s answer to everything is work.  Vera is a senior in high school and has a full time job delivering pizzas.  Vera has been best friends with her neighbor Charlie for years – she loves him and knows all of his deepest, darkest secrets.

Charlie turns his back on Vera and starts to run with a different crowd.  When he dies under suspicious circumstances, it’s up to Vera to clear his name, but can she get over her hurt to do it?

I adored Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King!  The story is so creative – it’s told from Vera’s point of view, but occasionally switches to “brief words” from the dead guy (Charlie), the Pagoda (a local landmark) and Ken, Vera’s dad.  It’s a unique way to tell a story, and in some instances, I might find it a little odd, but it really works with this book.

Vera is a fabulous character.  She’s smart, irreverent, mature, and hard working.  She’s a good kid who just wants to get out of high school in one piece.  When rumors start to fly, she says:

While I quietly hoped it would all go away and sent my old PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ signals into the atmosphere, the rumor grew.

Vera hopes to stay out of all the drama of high school but finds it impossible when Charlie dies.  Now she has to figure out what she should do.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz touches on some serious topics with a touch of humor, so it would make a wonderful book to discuss with teens.   Do yourself a favor, and read this book!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2011 6:22 am

    I’ve heard such great things about this book, I really need to pick up a copy and get to it!

  2. January 1, 2011 7:35 am

    I read do much of good reviews on this one. Goes to my pile already!

  3. January 1, 2011 8:51 am

    I too have heard such good things – it has been on several people’s best of the year lists. And I know if you liked it, I will too!

  4. January 1, 2011 8:56 am

    I have this on my 2011 pile. Wishing you good things in 2011.

  5. January 1, 2011 9:04 am

    Amy is such a huge talent — her books are extremely special!

  6. January 1, 2011 2:16 pm

    Lol, sounds cute 🙂

  7. January 1, 2011 2:54 pm

    This books sounds just charming! I am writing it down right now. Thank you so much, K! xo

  8. January 1, 2011 6:16 pm

    I love the title of this book. It sounds so youthful. Thanks for your great review.

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 1, 2011 7:39 pm

    This sounds delightful. I absolutely will by and read it as soon as I find some time. Thanks, Kathy!

  10. January 1, 2011 9:49 pm

    I’ve been seeing Please Ignore Vera Dietz all over the place (it keeps popping up when I do searches — not sure why) and it looks so cute. I’m glad to know you enjoyed it. I’ll have to add that one to my wish list. Great review!

  11. January 1, 2011 10:11 pm

    I marked this one to read in a journal. Now after reading your review I will have to make sure to make it a priority!!

  12. January 1, 2011 10:12 pm

    Oh this sounds like one of those books that just *speaks*! There were a few books I had growing up that I would not have made it through those turbulent years without….I imagine this is one of those books I would probably say would fit just by reading your review and the few others I’ve seen. I must get my hands on it! Happy New Year!

  13. January 2, 2011 8:09 am

    I wonder if my teen son would like this one. I think I’d be the one to enjoy it more since he tends to be rather particular about his reading choices.

    Another reason to add this one to my ever growing TBR list… Kathy keep this up and my hubby is going to freak! He’s got me on a book buying ban since “budget” is getting out of hand. What a thought!

  14. January 2, 2011 11:24 am

    Oh, I’ve heard quite a few good things about this. I love the concept. I haven’t gotten to it yet but it’s on my list. Fun!

  15. January 2, 2011 4:47 pm

    I loved loved loved this book…I cannot wait for more from this quirky author.

  16. January 2, 2011 5:27 pm

    Didn’t the father just break your heart?

    I loved this book too and had the pleasure of meeting Amy King at a local bookstore – she is by far one of the coolest authors I have ever met! I could totally hang out with her over some coffee and talk with her for hours .

    To PK Reeves – the person who recommended this book to me is the manager of my Indie bookstore, and one of the first things he said was that this book could definitely crossover to boys. Good luck, I hope he likes it!

  17. January 2, 2011 5:50 pm

    I really liked this book as well, and thought that the narrative shifts were really very clever. It was a very different type of book than I had been expecting, but I found I almost enjoyed it more because of that. Great review, Kathy! I am glad to hear that you liked it as much as I did!!

  18. January 2, 2011 11:35 pm

    The book sounds really good and I have to love a book with a character named Vera!

  19. January 3, 2011 4:36 pm

    What a fun book and meme. 🙂

  20. January 4, 2011 10:06 pm

    I’m with Irene. There’s something about the titles to great books. They never have bad titles. I’d ponder for months before coming up with a title like Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

  21. January 5, 2011 1:30 pm

    ooo! Sounds like fun! But the poor kid has a lot on her shoulders!

  22. January 5, 2011 8:04 pm

    Nice review. I’m glad to hear this is a good one. I have A.S. King’s first one on hand (still need to read) which TONS of people loved, so it’s great to see she has another good one out there. I’m always intrigued by books that deal with a death in some way. 🙂

  23. January 6, 2011 3:28 pm

    This one is definitely going on my wish list, it sounds really good!

  24. June 20, 2011 2:08 pm

    Such a fantastic book!!! A.S. King is super-talented.

  25. June 20, 2011 5:55 pm

    Sounds pretty good..adding this one to my wish list.

  26. June 20, 2011 7:20 pm

    I’ve not heard of either this book or the author. Both sound intriguing. WIll keep an eye out. Thanks.

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